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09-10-2012 12:32 PM
what upgade or project did you do

Replaced house batteries with 2x Lifeline AGM's
Installed Victron BMV battery monitor
Tidied up +/- Bus Bar wiring
Sanded and varnished cockpit coaming and hand rails with new product (for me) called Honey Teak (I have lots of exterior teak, and kids so need something which will last!)
Added vented loop to bilge hose (finally!)
General engine maintenance
Removed bowsprit, sanded, expoxied and painted, cleaned all fittings, re-wired and recondition old Nilson windlass. Erm now just got to put it all back!
Went sailing.....
09-10-2012 10:59 AM
Re: what upgade or project did you do

We just bought a new to us Catalina 36 this July, and so far we have done some upgrades that were recommended by the survey and some others that we wanted to do just for our own peace of mind.

1. Replaced all freshwater plumbing with pex
2. added an accumulator tank to the freshwater system.
3. added a gps to the pedestal
4. upgraded the stereo, (couldn't stand not being able to play my buffet cd's or the wife's ipod)
5. replaced the nicro solar vent with a day/night solar vent that actually works.
6. re plumbed the 2 electric bilge pumps
7. have started replacing interior lights with LED's
8. added red LED courtesy lighting

For the winter I plan to pull most all the doors, and drawers etc, and refinish them at home. I also have replacements for most of my running rigging at home just waiting for winter to splice it and such. Also hope to upgrade the electrical panel and the battery/charging system in the spring.

And I am sure that I will run across 3x more projects as I work through this already long list. I do like working on the boat, because even if it doesn't go well at least I accomplished it, or didn't myself. I didn't have to have supervisor authorization, committee meetings to decide how to attempt it, or process review meetings while in the middle of it.

It's the little things in life. Cheers
09-10-2012 10:49 AM
Re: what upgade or project did you do

replaced new batts--they died in less than a warantees.>LOL
mizzen compression post was added nd mainbeam supports epoxied and strengthened,
rebed all 6 stanchions
replaced spinnaker halyard
reinstall airconditioner for summer use....
befouled my thumb on handed hand
did my 120 ft teak rail--took all of 7 hours, as hadnt done it in 3 how i bescrewed me thumb..LOL)
fixed my engines multiple leakage problems(i hope)
thinking about repairing my taff rail i broke in 60+kt winds off cabo san lucas.....just thinking...
building shelving for storage
thinned out wardrobe slightly--is a work in progress....
repaired alleged rot..LOL..wasnt rot, but a rotted fitting--spars are awesome fixed fitting
removed old tv antenna that prolly wouldnt function on a dare---is gone!!!!
repaired jib sacrificial...err...north sales did that--i paid...LOL
repaired canvas tarp for over a shade thing....
fixed clog in toilet...was eel grass--go figger--also cured smell emitting therefrom.. was nasty--just dying and decaying sea life!
bought spare parts for fresh water pump, engine, everything except me!!
watched a friend build a stitch and glue dinghy....
had fun in exotic locales....
took pix of sunrises and sunsets.....
will sail in winter, when weather permits, awesome gorgeous now....pondering zihua in winter, panama in summer, next yr.....we will see....

oh, yes--must rebuild cover for forward hatch--is wood and fg--delamming.
dreaming about re-wiring/new custom panel/etc---
dreaming about fridge and complicated repairs i need to effect prior to considering that move..>LOL
09-10-2012 10:28 AM
Re: what upgade or project did you do

New head
New lifelines (Amsteel)
New hatch lenses
Roller furler (Harken)
New running rigging (various)
Added block for tack for assymetrical chute
New solar vent

Winter projects - hope will be minimal Possibly add auto pilot.
09-10-2012 10:18 AM
Re: what upgade or project did you do

I need to replace the halyards and the furling line before it bites me in the butt. I also want to make a shelf to mount on a bulkhead to store a few odds and ends.
I need to convert to shore power so I can run the cabin heater over the winter without being a fire hazard.
Also need to run the wires for the depth finder so they're not such a trip hazard in the cabin.

Seems like my list is the same as last year.
09-09-2012 10:10 PM
Re: what upgade or project did you do

Is Goa a sauce? And I'm pretty sure in any case that most countries have outlawed cannibalism.
09-09-2012 09:12 PM
Re: what upgade or project did you do

On my way around I will buy a girl to cook in Goa.
09-09-2012 08:32 PM
Re: what upgade or project did you do

On my Catalina 30 did the following:
- Rebed many of the rail stantions / rail mounts - used 4200
- built backing plates from 3/8 aluminum for all the rebedding
- added an LED (blue) to the cabin / cockpit area for evenings on the hook
- fixed several broken hinges on the cockpit locker lids
- added a fishing pole holder to the aft rail.
- built a mohogony table that plugs into the rod holder so I have a table while grilling off our aft-mounted BBQ.
- fixed a couple of the interior cabin lights that were not working.
09-09-2012 08:07 PM
Re: what upgade or project did you do

Continuous maintenance all year while cruising in Asia, but the biggies were:
Regalvanizing the Anchor Chain
Sewed a new Main sail cover.
Installed my spare alternator
New Trojan 6 V house batteries
Cleaned 2 diesel tanks( pulled one)
Installed new GPS
Rebuilt bilge pump
Removed hot water tank/system (20+ years old, no need for hot water here)
Repainted name on topside
Waxed topsides
One coat of mahogany stain on all exterior teak
Various small electrical fault finding
General lubricating, tightening, adjusting, fiddling, messing about on my boat in Paradise....
09-09-2012 11:08 AM
Re: what upgade or project did you do


Rebed deck hardware with butyl tape (most)
New waterline stripe in red bottom paint
New lettering
New pouch things for interior

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